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“I am delighted to be the first Chair of the EY Foundation. This is an exciting opportunity to change the lives of thousands of people through a really innovative model. I look forward to working with all the young people and entrepreneurs that we will help to have more successful futures.”
Patrick Dunne, Chair, EY Foundation
EY - Patrick Dunne, Chair

Patrick Dunne, Chair

Twitter: @patrickedunne

Chair of boards consultancy Boardelta and ESSA – Education Sub Saharan Africa – and founder of Warwick in Africa, Patrick spent 26 years working with international investor 3i Group plc, latterly as communications director and a member of its Operating Committee. He is an author, a patron and former Chair of Leap Confronting Conflict, and a former member of the General Council of the University of Warwick. Patrick is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, Chair of the Board of Companions of the Chartered Management Institute, and a member of the advisory board of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs fund.

EY - Brenda Trenowden, Trustee

Brenda Trenowden, Trustee

Twitter: @BTrenowden

Brenda has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, investment and relationship banking, and has been recognised for 2 years running by Financial News as one of the top 100 most influential women in finance. She is also a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative. In 2015 Brenda was appointed Global Chair of the 30% Club, where she works closely with leading Chairs and CEOs around the world to increase the representation of women in senior roles and throughout organisations. She is also an advisor to UK Government’s Hampton-Alexander Review for increasing the representation of women in the executive level of the FTSE 350 and an advisor to the Women in Leadership across the Commonwealth initiative.

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Dan Richards, Trustee

Twitter: @danrichardsEY

Dan is Recruiting Leader for EY UK & Ireland, and manages all UK and Ireland recruitment, including executive and Partner hiring, and hires to extensive graduate, school leaver and intern programmes. Dan is also on the Executive Committee for EY Education and Young People group and a London First Skills Group committee member.

EY - David Gittleson, Trustee

David Gittleson, Trustee

EY Managing Partner for FSO EMEIA Advisory, David has 25 years’ experience, and recently collaborated with the Royal Institution of Great Britain on initiatives that improve access and promote diversity in technology and maths.

EY - Debbie O’Hanlon, Trustee

Debbie O’Hanlon, Trustee

Debbie leads EY's National Markets practice, focused on building our regional business. National Markets comprises all our regional UK offices. Debbie is a senior audit partner with significant experience of FTSE 100/250 clients in the UK and internationally. She has 25 years’ experience in the profession, including 13 years as a Partner and two working in industry. Debbie has spent her career focusing on the regional market, having worked in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, and is now based in EY’s Reading office.

EY - Lyn Cole, Trustee

Lyn Cole, Trustee

Lyn is a leadership catalyst, coach and management consultant. She worked for the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) for 18 years holding several roles, including England Director until February 2017. At BLF, she led a directorate with a budget of £450m pa and 400 staff. This role involved delivering and implementing strategy, managing change and restructures, operational management; and coaching individuals and teams. She has an extensive track record of strategic direction, creative thinking, team building, collaboration, communication, financial management and change management. In addition to her role at EY, Lyn is a Trustee of the Angelou Centre, a Newcastle-based organisation that helps minority ethnic women thrive. She has recently been appointed Deputy Chair of the Appointments Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council. Prior to the BLF, Lyn worked in education, community development, urban regeneration and housing.

EY - Mark Harvey, Trustee

Mark Harvey, Trustee

Twitter: @markharveyEY

Mark is EY’s Scotland Market Leader, heading up the region’s Audit business. He has an entrepreneurial client base whose quick decision making processes require a responsive business advisor.

EY - Maryanne Matthews, Chief Executive

Maryanne Matthews, Chief Executive

Twitter: @Mayannematthews

Maryanne has worked in the public and private sectors for over 20 years. She has held a variety of roles, starting out as a secondary school teacher, before moving into local economic development focused on the long-term unemployed and marginalised communities, and latterly management consultancy. She joined EY as a management consultant in 2007 from Atos Consulting. Most recently she was EY's Director of Corporate Responsibility in the UK and Ireland.

EY - Nigel Halkes, Trustee

Nigel Halkes, Trustee

Nigel’s professional career at EY included 25 years as a Partner, culminating in his role as UK & Ireland Managing Partner for Markets, responsible for the firm's growth strategy, relationships with major clients and its business development team. He was Global Client Service Partner for some of EY’s largest clients, including BT Group, Cable & Wireless, Virgin Media and Centrica. Since retiring, Nigel has developed a non-executive portfolio, which includes Hargreaves Services PLC, Management Consulting Group PLC, Visit England, the V&A Development Advisory Board, the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, and Rowdeford School in Devizes, as well as the EY Foundation.

EY - Peter Wallace, Trustee

Peter Wallace, Trustee

Peter has had a varied career with EY, working with clients across a number of sectors. He is currently based in Edinburgh, although spends a lot of time on the road in London, Manchester, Nottingham and India. Away from EY, Peter has found time to be a trustee of the Prince’s Teaching Institute for the past 6 years, and has also worked as an advisor to the Audit and Risk Committee of Big Society Capital.


Rebecca Robins, Trustee

Twitter: @robins_rebecca

Rebecca Robins is Global Director for Interbrand, based in London. She heads up theGlobal Luxury Practice, global business intelligence and runs the Interbrand Academy.Having worked in New York and across Europe, Rebecca has partnered with a diverse range of brands across a number of industries.Rebecca is a firmbeliever that brands have the power to change the world and is an active champion of change through speaking at conferences and lecturing at universities. She is a regular commentator on brands in the media, in publications such as Bloomberg, Business of Fashion, The Guardian, The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and is co-author of the book Meta-luxury: Brandsand the Culture of Excellence.


Terri Lau, Trustee

Terri is a Smart Future s alumni and Chair of the EY Foundation’s Youth Panel. A second year student at the University of Salford studying Biochemistry, she was previously a youth representative on the Young Enterprise’s Greater Manchester board and has been part of a number of social action initiatives, including Uprising.

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